Barbara Dellenback http://ijpr.org en Ashland To Consider Dispensary Ban http://ijpr.org/post/ashland-consider-dispensary-ban <p>The Ashland City Council is following the lead of other Oregon cities, and considering a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. &nbsp;The town faces six dispensary applications and mounting neighborhood opposition.</p><p>The Mail Tribune reports the council will discuss a temporary moratorium tomorrow night, in a meeting open to the public.</p><p>People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system. Two applicants have received business licenses in Ashland so far.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:00:25 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 9590 at http://ijpr.org Jackson County Considers Dispensary Ban http://ijpr.org/post/jackson-county-considers-dispensary-ban <p>Jackson County Commissioners are considering joining the anti-pot party, banning medical marijuana dispensaries in areas under county jurisdiction.</p><p>Commissioners will consider a temporary moratorium on the dispensaries at their Wednesday morning (3/19) meeting.</p><p>Under new Oregon law, the moratorium would last until May 1, 2015.&nbsp; It would apply to unincorporated areas outside city limits. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:45:26 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 9286 at http://ijpr.org Jackson County Considers Dispensary Ban SOU Faculty Votes No Confidence In Administration http://ijpr.org/post/sou-faculty-votes-no-confidence-administration <p>Southern Oregon University professors overwhelmingly lack confidence in the school's administration, according to the results of a confidential vote released yesterday..</p><p>The results of the week-long tally, released by the Faculty Senate, show that most of the 217 faculty members who voted have no confidence in the ability of Vice President of Finance and Administration Craig Morris, Provost Jim Klein and President Mary Cullinan.</p><p>The Mail Tribune reports that all but one member of the Faculty Senate voted in favor of holding the confidential vote.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:33:18 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 8677 at http://ijpr.org SOU Faculty To Forgo Salary Increases http://ijpr.org/post/sou-faculty-forgo-salary-increases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Faculty members at Southern Oregon University say they have agreed to forgo salary increases this year and next in an effort to soften cuts proposed across the university.</span></p><p>The Mail Tribune reports the faculty union has settled a new two-year contract with university administration. &nbsp;</p><p>Union President Jim Rible said the union hopes that giving up raises will help save positions and money for the university.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:55:04 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 8621 at http://ijpr.org SOU Faculty To Forgo Salary Increases Medford Teachers To Vote Next Week http://ijpr.org/post/medford-teachers-vote-next-week <p>Medford teachers won't vote on a tentative contract agreement with the Medford School District until next week, according to the Medford Mail Tribune.</p><p></p><p>Union officials say they want an informed vote, so they will distribute ballots Monday to union representatives from each school. Those representatives will pass the ballots out to teachers, who will seal their votes in confidential envelopes. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:55:27 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 8278 at http://ijpr.org Medford Teachers To Vote Next Week Medford Union Supporters Plan Occupation http://ijpr.org/post/medford-union-supporters-plan-occupation <p>Supporters of the striking Medford teachers are being called to occupy the offices of the Medford School District this morning. A facebook effort has been launched, urging supporters to go to the offices at 7 this morning.</p><p>Union officials say they don’t know who is organizing the event, but it is posted as a peaceful protest.</p><p>In a comment on the Occupy549C facebook page, the author says he recognizes that teachers will not be able to go on the district property, but urges teachers to ask family and friends to participate.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:11:35 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 8033 at http://ijpr.org Strike Talks Continue http://ijpr.org/post/strike-talks-continue <p>Talks between striking Medford teachers and the Medford School District continued yesterday and both sides say they are intent on settling a contract as quickly as possible. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of their proposals.</p><p></p><p>The Mail Tribune reports that talks were continuing late into the night. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:53:44 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7987 at http://ijpr.org Strike Talks Continue Teacher Strike Talks Scheduled http://ijpr.org/post/teacher-strike-talks-scheduled <p>An unexpected bargaining session took place Tuesday between the Medford School District and its teachers' union. The talks ended with both sides reporting positive movement toward a solution.</p><p></p><p>Superintendent Phil Long reported progress, but neither side would elaborate on how far they have budged in terms of compensation, working conditions, or early retirement. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:28:21 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7936 at http://ijpr.org Teacher Strike Talks Scheduled Medford Teachers Strike Continues http://ijpr.org/post/medford-teachers-strike-continues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Medford School District hired 24 more substitute teachers over the holiday weekend and shifted some classified support staff to elementary schools to balance out the adult-to-student ratio, according to district officials.</span></p><p>Classes will resume today after the long holiday weekend.</p><p>The Mail Tribune reports that last week, enrollment districtwide dropped from 68 percent Tuesday to 44 percent Friday. Students reported large class sizes and inadequate instruction under substitute teachers.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:29:35 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7877 at http://ijpr.org Medford Teachers Strike Continues Attendance Drops In Medford Schools http://ijpr.org/post/attendance-drops-medford-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.</span></p><p>48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports. &nbsp;That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:31:27 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7712 at http://ijpr.org Attendance Drops In Medford Schools